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Audiences

1. The Mystery of the Church in the Plan of God
2. The Ministry of Bishops
3. The Ministry of Priests and Deacons
4. The Role of the Laity
5. Consecrated Life
6. Missionary Activity and Unity among Christians
Notes

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1. The Mystery of the Church in the Plan of God

1. 1. Christ Founded the Catholic Church July 10, 1991 Vatican link
2. 2. Christ’s Call Establishes the Church July 20, 1991 Vatican link
3. 3. Christ and the Church Are Inseparable July 24, 1991 Vatican link
4. 4. God’s Plan for the Church Is Eternal July 31, 1991 Vatican link
5. 5. The Church in the Old Testament August 7, 1991 Vatican link
6. 6. The Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Christ September 4, 1991 Vatican link
7. 7. The Church Is Also a Historical Fact September 11, 1991 Vatican link
8. 8. The Church Is Revealed in Parables September 18, 1991 Vatican link
9. 9. Parables Reveal the Church’s Growth September 25, 1991 Vatican link
10. 10. The Birth of the Church at Pentecost October 2, 1991 Vatican link
11. 11. The Church Lives in the Trinity’s Love October 9, 1991 Vatican link
12. 12. God Made a Covenant with Israel October 30, 1991 Vatican link
13. 13. The Church Is the New People of God November 6, 1991 Vatican link
14. 14. The Church Is Universal by Nature November 13, 1991 Vatican link
15. 15. The Church Is the Body of Christ November 20, 1991 Vatican link
16. 16. The Church Has a Sacramental Nature November 27, 1991 Vatican link
17. 17. Mary’s “Yes” Is the Start of the New Covenant December 4, 1991 Vatican link
18. 18. Jesus Is the Bridegroom of His People December 11, 1991 Vatican link
19. 19. Christ Loves His Bride, the Church December 18, 1991 Vatican link
20. 20. The Spirit and the Bride Say “Come” January 8, 1992 Vatican link
21. 21. The Church Is a Communio of Love January 15, 1992 Vatican link
22. 22. The Church: A Communio of Prayer January 29, 1992 Vatican link
23. 23. The Church Lives in the Mystery of Communio February 5, 1992 Vatican link
24. 24. The Call to Holiness Is Essential for the Church February 12, 1992 Vatican link
25. 25. The Church Is a Priestly Community March 18, 1992 Vatican link
26. 26. Baptism: Entry into the Life of Grace March 25, 1992 Vatican link
27. 27. Confirmation Perfects Baptismal Grace April 1, 1992 Vatican link
28. 28. The Eucharist Is the Source of the Church’s Life April 8, 1992 Vatican link
29. 29. Penance in the Ecclesial Community April 15, 1992 Vatican link
30. 30. Anointing Brings Spiritual Healing April 29, 1992 Vatican link
31. 31. Christ Made Marriage a Sacrament May 6, 1992 Vatican link
32. 32. The Church Is a Prophetic Community May 13, 1992 Vatican link
33. 33. The Church Bears Witness to Christ May 20, 1992 Vatican link
34. 34. The Church Witnesses to Gospel Hope May 27, 1992 Vatican link
35. 35. The Church Witnesses to Jesus’ Love June 3, 1992 Vatican link
36. 36. The Role of Charisms in the Church’s Life June 24, 1992 Vatican link

2. The Ministry of Bishops

37. 1. The Church Is a Structured Society July 1, 1992 Vatican link
38. 2. Bishops Are Successors of the Apostles July 8, 1992 Vatican link
39. 3. Bishops Are Consecrated by a Sacrament September 30, 1992 Vatican link
40. 4. Bishops Express the Unity of the Church October 7, 1992 Vatican link
41. 5. Bishops Teach, Sanctify and Govern October 28, 1992 Vatican link
42. 6. Bishops Are Heralds of the Gospel November 4, 1992 Vatican link
43. 7. Bishops Are Stewards of God’s Grace November 11, 1992 Vatican link
44. 8. Bishops Govern Their Local Churches November 18, 1992 Vatican link
45. 9. Christ Builds His Church on Peter November 25, 1992 Vatican link
46. 10. Peter Strengthens His Brothers in Faith December 2, 1992 Vatican link
47. 11. Peter Is Charged with Feeding the Sheep December 9, 1992 Vatican link
48. 12. Peter Ranks First among the Apostles December 16, 1992 Vatican link
49. 13. Peter Allowed Gentiles to Be Baptized January 13, 1993 Vatican link
50. 14. The Bishop of Rome Is Peter’s Successor January 27, 1993 Vatican link
51. 15. The Pope Exercises Supreme Jurisdiction February 24, 1993 Vatican link
52. 16. The Roman Pontiff Is the Supreme Teacher March 10, 1993 Vatican link
53. 17. The Successor of Peter Teaches Infallibly March 17, 1993 Vatican link
54. 18. The Holy Spirit Assists the Roman Pontiff March 24, 1993 Vatican link

3. The Ministry of Priests and Deacons

55. 1. Presbyters Share in Christ’s Priesthood March 31, 1993 Vatican link
56. 2. Priests Exercise a Ministry of Preaching April 21, 1993 Vatican link
57. 3. Priests Sanctify through the Sacraments May 5, 1993 Vatican link
58. 4. Priests Are Ordained to Celebrate Mass May 12, 1993 Vatican link
59. 5. The Priest Is a Shepherd to the Community May 19, 1993 Vatican link
60. 6. The Priesthood Requires Personal Holiness May 26, 1993 Vatican link
61. 7. Priests Must Be Devoted to Prayer June 2, 1993 Vatican link
62. 8. The Eucharist Is at the Heart of the Priest’s Spirituality June 9, 1993 Vatican link
63. 9. Priests Must Foster Devotion to Mary June 30, 1993 Vatican link
64. 10. The Priest Is Called to Be a Man of Charity July 7, 1993 Vatican link
65. 11. The Church Is Committed to Priestly Celibacy July 14, 1993 Vatican link
66. 12. Christ Is the Model of Priestly Poverty July 21, 1993 Vatican link
67. 13. Priests Do Not Have a Political Mission July 28, 1993 Vatican link
68. 14. Bishops and Priests Must Be United August 4, 1993 Vatican link
69. 15. Priestly Obedience Is an Act of Charity August 25, 1993 Vatican link
70. 16. Priestly Fraternity Means Cooperation September 1, 1993 Vatican link
71. 17. The Priest Must Serve Christ’s Flock September 22, 1993 Vatican link
72. 18. The Harvest Is Great, but the Workers Are Few September 29, 1993 Vatican link
73. 19. Deacons Serve the Kingdom of God October 6, 1993 Vatican link
74. 20. The Deacon Has Many Pastoral Functions October 13, 1993 Vatican link
75. 21. Deacons Are Called to a Life of Holiness October 20, 1993 Vatican link

4. The Role of the Laity

76. 1. The Laity Have Full Membership in the Church October 27, 1993 Vatican link
77. 2. The Laity Fulfill Their Calling in the World November 3, 1993 Vatican link
78. 3. Jesus’ Earthly Life Is a Model for the Laity November 10, 1993 Vatican link
79. 4. The Laity Answer God’s Call in a Variety of Ways November 24, 1993 Vatican link
80. 5. Lay Spirituality Is Rooted in Christ December 1, 1993 Vatican link
81. 6. The Laity Share in the Priesthood of Christ December 15, 1993 Vatican link
82. 7. The Laity Witness to the Power of the Gospel January 26, 1994 Vatican link
83. 8. The Laity Work to Spread the Kingdom February 9, 1994 Vatican link
84. 9. The Laity Share in the Church’s Saving Mission March 2, 1994 Vatican link
85. 10. Lay Charisms Build up the Church March 9, 1994 Vatican link
86. 11. Laity Witness to Christ in the World March 16, 1994 Vatican link
87. 12. Lay Groups Promote the Church’s Mission March 23, 1994 Vatican link
88. 13. The Laity Are Called to Renew the Temporal Order April 13, 1994 Vatican link
89. 14. Human Work Involves Sharing in Christ’s Mission April 20, 1994 Vatican link
90. 15. The Lord Sanctifies Those Who Suffer April 27, 1994 Vatican link
91. 16. The Church Sees Christ’s Face in the Sick June 15, 1994 Vatican link
92. 17. Woman’s Dignity Must Be Respected June 22, 1994 Vatican link
93. 18. Women Bear an Effective Witness to Faith July 6, 1994 Vatican link
94. 19. Women Are Essential to the Church’s Mission July 13, 1994 Vatican link
95. 20. Mothers Share in God’s Creative Work July 20, 1994 Vatican link
96. 21. Women and the Ministerial Priesthood July 27, 1994 Vatican link
97. 22. Married Life Is a True Way of Holiness August 3, 1994 Vatican link
98. 23. Single People Contribute to the Church’s Holiness August 10, 1994 Vatican link
99. 24. Children Are a Special Gift to the Church August 17, 1994 Vatican link
100. 25. Young People’s Involvement in the Lay Apostolate August 31, 1994 Vatican link
101. 26. The Elderly Can Devote Themselves to the Community or Parish September 7, 1994 Vatican link
102. 27. The Spirit Bestows Abundant Lay Charisms September 21, 1994 Vatican link

5. Consecrated Life

103. 1. Religious Intensely Live Their Baptismal Vows September 28, 1994 Vatican link
104. 2. The Spirit Continues Giving New Charisms October 5, 1994 Vatican link
105. 3. Jesus’ Will Is the Origin of Consecrated Life October 12, 1994 Vatican link
106. 4. Prayer Is the Answer to the Vocation Shortage October 19, 1994 Vatican link
107. 5. Consecrated Life Is Rooted in Baptism October 26, 1994 Vatican link
108. 6. Gospel Counsels Are a Way of Perfection November 9, 1994 Vatican link
109. 7. Chastity for the Sake of the Kingdom November 16, 1994 Vatican link
110. 8. A Witness to Spousal Love for the Church November 23, 1994 Vatican link
111. 9. How Blest Are the Poor in Spirit! November 30, 1994 Vatican link
112. 10. Religious Offer Their Own Wills to God December 7, 1994 Vatican link
113. 11. Common Life Is Modeled on the Early Church December 14, 1994 Vatican link
114. 12. Prayer Is the One Thing Necessary January 4, 1995 Vatican link
115. 13. Religious Serve the Growth of God’s Reign January 11, 1995 Vatican link
116. 14. A Witness to the World’s True Destiny February 8, 1995 Vatican link
117. 15. Religious Life Can Greatly Assist Priests February 15, 1995 Vatican link
118. 16. The Role of Lay Religious in the Church February 22, 1995 Vatican link
119. 17. Women Religious Faithfully Serve Christ March 15, 1995 Vatican link
120. 18. The Holy Spirit Is the Soul of Community Life March 22, 1995 Vatican link
121. 19. Mary Shows the Nobility of Virginity March 29, 1995 Vatican link

6. Missionary Activity and Unity among Christians

122. 1. The Apostles Were Sent into the Whole World April 5, 1995 Vatican link
123. 2. The Church Is Missionary by Her Nature April 19, 1995 Vatican link
124. 3. The Church Preaches the Gospel to the End of Time April 26, 1995 Vatican link
125. 4. The Church Cannot Abandon Mission Work May 3, 1995 Vatican link
126. 5. Missionary Activity Remains Urgent May 10, 1995 Vatican link
127. 6. The Church Perseveres in Her Mission May 17, 1995 Vatican link
128. 7. All Salvation Comes through Christ May 31, 1995 Vatican link
129. 8. Local Churches Have a Missionary Task June 14, 1995 Vatican link
130. 9. The Church Shares the Hopes of the Human Family June 21, 1995 Vatican link
131. 10. Unity Results from Legitimate Diversity June 28, 1995 Vatican link
132. 11. All Must Strive for the Goal of Full Unity July 12, 1995 Vatican link
133. 12. Recognize the Importance of Prayer July 26, 1995 Vatican link
134. 13. Unity Is Furthered by Continual Renewal August 2, 1995 Vatican link
135. 14. Vatican II Praised Eastern Traditions August 9, 1995 Vatican link
136. 15. Dialogue with Reform Communities August 23, 1995 Vatican link
137. 16. Full Christian Unity Can Be Achieved August 30, 1995 Vatican link
 

  


Notes

  1. The headings are taken from John Paul II’s The Church: Mystery, Sacrament, Community (Boston: Pauline Books & Media, 1998). All chapter titles are taken from the Vatican website.
  2. This special section of the Vatican website appears to have some formatting issues. All of the emdashes appear as — rather than as —.

 

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